St. Paul & Roseville
Como Park Lutheran Church
1376 Hoyt Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55108
Tuesdays: Openings: 3:00, 7:30 (available after January 28th) and 8:30
Near Roseville-close to Snelling Avenue — near Falcon Heights close to the Minnesota State Fair grounds and Har Mar Mall. I am near Chelsea Heights Elementary.
Free parking is available on the east side of the church near the main entrance doors. After entering the church through the main entrance, go upstairs and proceed to the left down the hallway.
I give violin or fiddle lessons in St. Paul close to Roseville. I teach students five and older. My teaching room is in the spacious chapel which has pleasing acoustics. It has many chairs and a piano which is helpful for readying students for recitals.
Most people start with half hour lessons but this is dependent on the student’s maturity. As a student gets more advanced, they need longer lessons to develop techniques such as vibrato, spiccato (getting the bow off the string) and other off the string bow strokes. Technique is emphasized at all stages of violin study. Various supplemental method books develop reading and playing in higher positions, double stops (playing two or more notes together) and scales. Scales develop better intonation and establish correct hand position.
Many people find different rhythms challenging. Therefore I begin teaching rhythms with hand clapping and proceed with more complex rhythms. I have found that linking words to different rhythms is helpful for the younger student. I encourage parents and adult students to take two sets of pictures. The first picture connects rhythms to words which is useful for practicing at home. When students are comfortable clapping different rhythms, a second sheet of rhythms without words are introduced for practicing at home. When a student can clap and play the rhythms without word help, I will know that the student has mastered various rhythms.
If you are a beginning violin student I would be happy to help you select an appropriate violin to ensure a pleasurable playing experience. I can best explain what to look for in an instrument when we meet.